School of Earth and Environment

Nicola Favretto Nicola Favretto

Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35576
Email address: N.Favretto@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 9.125

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute

Biography

Email address:n.favretto@leeds.ac.uk

Biography

Nicola is an environmental social scientist and Research Fellow based at the Sustainability Research Institute. He has a PhD in Environmental Sustainability and 10-years’ experience in mixed-method, multi-level environmental research across dryland sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. His core competencies include participatory livelihood impact assessments focused on agro-ecosystems, policy and stakeholder analysis and advice, and research project design, coordination and implementation. Throughout his work focused on addressing complex international development challenges and bridging major science-policy gaps, Nicola has undertaken research and managerial roles across a range of international organisations (i.e. United Nations University, United Nations Development Programme, European Commission).

In his work as Environmental Economist and Project Coordinator at the United Nations University, Nicola led the development, coordination and implementation of a range of capacity-building activities, including Massive Open Online Courses on environmental sustainability (listed below) with thousands of registered participants. Nicola also organised and moderated various high-level science-policy events and published a number of policy-focused reports and briefs.

Nicola’s key research / capacity building projects include:

  • 2016-ongoing. Exploring co-benefits and trade-offs in climate mitigation, adaptation and development in South Africa and Madagascar. Funded by the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP).
  • 2016-ongoing: Interuniversity Learning in Higher Education on Advanced land Management - Egyptian Country, funded by Erasmus+
  • 2016-17. European Network for the Advancement of Business & Landscape Education, funded by Erasmus +. MOOC "Connecting economy & ecology through integrated landscape management. How to design sustainable business models?".
  • 2015. Economics of Land Degradation Initiative MOOC "Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement".
  • 2014-15. Sustainable Liquid Biofuels from Biomass Biorefining (SUNLIBB), funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
  • 2014-15. Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative, Botswana case study (http://see.leeds.ac.uk/research/sri/eld/).
  • 2009-14. Powering Mali with sustainable biofuels? Livelihood opportunities and policy challenges of Jatropha curcas, PhD research

Qualifications

Research Ph.D. in "Environmental Sustainability", Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds, UK.

First-Class Honours MSc in "International Economic Integration", Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, University of Pavia, Italy.

First-Class Honours BSc in "Economics and Social Sciences", Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.

Memberships

  • Associate Researcher, ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Leeds & London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Steering Committee member, Global Land Outlook of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
  • Advisory Board member, European Network for the Advancement of Business & Landscape Education
  • Steering Committee member, Interuniversity Learning in Higher Education on Advanced land Management - Egyptian Country

Research interests

- Agriculture and rural development

- Sustainable land management and ecosystem service economic valuation

- Climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development

- Sustainable energy

 

Journal papers and book chapters

Favretto N, Afionis S, Stringer LC, Buckeridge M. 2017. Policy and Diplomacy in the Production of Second Generation Ethanol in Brazil: International Relations with the EU, the USA and Africa. In: MS Buckeridge, AP de Souza (eds.), Advances of basic science for second generation bioethanol from sugarcane and their impact on technology. Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-49826-3_11.

Favretto N, Stringer LC, Dougill AJ, Dallimer M, Perkins JS, Reed MS, Atlhopheng JR, Mulale K. 2016a. Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to identify dryland ecosystem service trade-offs under different rangeland land uses. Ecosystem Services 17: 142-151. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.12.005.

Favretto N, Luedeling E, Stringer LC, Dougill AJ. 2016b. Valuing Ecosystem Services in Semi-Arid Rangelands through Stochastic Simulation. Land Degradation & Development 28: 65–73. doi: 10.1002/ldr.2590.

Afionis S, Stringer LC, Favretto N, Tomei J, Buckeridge M. 2016. Unpacking Brazil’s leadership in the global biofuels arena: Brazilian ethanol diplomacy in Africa. Global Environmental Politics 16: 127-150. Doi: 10.1162/GLEP_a_00369.

Dougill AJ, Akanyang L, Perkins JS, Eckardt F, Stringer LC, Favretto N, Atlhopheng J, Mulale K. 2016. Land use, rangeland degradation and ecological changes in the southern Kalahari, Botswana. African Journal of Ecology 54: 59-67. doi: 10.1111/aje.12265.

Favretto N, Stringer LC, Dougill AJ. 2015. Towards improved policy and institutional coherence in the promotion of sustainable biofuels in Mali. Environmental Policy and Governance 25(1): 36–54. doi: 10.1002/eet.1663.

Reed MS, Stringer LC, Dougill AJ, Perkins JS, Atlhopheng JR, Mulale K, Favretto N. 2015. Reorienting land degradation towards sustainable land management: Linking sustainable livelihoods with ecosystem services in rangeland systems. Journal of Environmental Management 151: 472-485. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.11.010.

Favretto N, Stringer LC, Dougill AJ. 2014. Unpacking livelihood challenges and opportunities in energy crop cultivation: perspectives on Jatropha curcas projects in Mali. Geographical Journal 180(4): 365–376, doi: 10.1111/geoj.12053.

Afionis S, Favretto N, Buckeridge M, Van Alstine J, Stringer LC. 2013. The Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean in the aftermath of the Rio+20 Summit, In: Europa Publications (Ed) South America, Central America & the Caribbean 2014, The Europa Regional Surveys of the World, Routledge, pp. 17-21.

Reports and policy briefs

Favretto N, Dallimer M, Johnson I, Kubiszweski I, Etter H, Thomas R. 2017. The economics of land policy, planning and practice. Global Land Outlook Working Paper. Bonn: UNCCD. In press, available upon request.

Favretto N. 2017. Sustainable Development Goals and the Economics of Land Degradation. UNU-INWEH Policy Brief. United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health: Hamilton, Canada. http://inweh.unu.edu/.

ELD Initiative (Favretto N: coordination and co-author). 2015. The value of land: Prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management. ELD Initiative, GIZ: Bonn, Germany. http://www.eld-initiative.org.

Favretto N, Quillérou E, Etter H. 2015. A 6+1 step approach to assess the economics of land management. ELD Initiative, GIZ: Bonn, Germany. http://eld-initiative.org/fileadmin/pdf/ELD-UserGuide_07_web.pdf.

Quillérou E, Stringer LC, Øystese S, Thomas R, Bailly D, Favretto N, Stewart N. 2015. Enabling action: Conditions for success, In: ELD Initiative, The value of land: Prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management. GIZ: Bonn, Germany. http://eld-initiative.org/fileadmin/pdf/ELD-main-report_08_web-72dpi_01.pdf.

Musekamp C, Quillérou E, Favretto N, Falk T, Salha A, Schmidt L, Reed M, Buckmaster S. 2015. Practitioner’s Guide: Pathways and options for action and stakeholder engagement, based on the 2015 ELD Massive Open Online Course “Stakeholder Engagement”. http://eld-initiative.org/fileadmin/pdf/ELD-practGuide2015_05_screen_300dpi.pdf.

Favretto N, Stringer LC, Dougill AJ, Perkins JS, Reed MS, Akanyang L, Dallimer M, Atlhopheng JR, Mulale K. 2014. Assessing the socio-economic and environmental dimensions of land degradation: A Case Study of Botswana’s Kalahari. Report for the ELD Initiative. http://eld-initiative.org/fileadmin/pdf/ELD_Botswana_study2015.pdf.

Favretto N, Stringer LC, Dougill AJ. 2014. Applying a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to identify ecosystem service trade-offs under four different land uses in Botswana’s Kalahari rangelands. Policy brief for the ELD Initiative. http://eld-initiative.org/fileadmin/pdf/ELD-Two_pager_Botswana.pdf.

Favretto N. 2013. Energising development with Jatropha curcas? Policy and institutional frameworks in the promotion of sustainable biofuels in Mali. Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security Policy Brief. Practical Action Consulting. http://practicalaction.org/media/preview/31796.

Favretto N, Dyer J. 2010. Sustainable biofuels in Africa: cultivation of Jatropha curcas in Mali and Malawi. Africa College Policy Brief.
www.africacollege.leeds.ac.uk/downloads/BriefingNotes/Favretto_Dyer_ACP_BriefingNote_Nov2010.pdf.

 

Selected presentations

  • 2016, ‘Governing Sustainable Energy Transitions: the case of bioenergy in Mozambique’, Association of American Geographers Conference, S. Francisco
  • 2015, (Invited speaker) ‘Investment Platform for Land Degradation Neutrality in Central America’, UNCCD Public-Private Dialogue Workshop, Costa Rica
  • 2015, ‘Launch of ELD Reports’, session moderated by N Favretto, UNCCD COP 12, Ankara
  • 2015, (Invited speaker) ‘Land degradation in the context of the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals: the economics of land degradation’, Webinar, United Nations University, Canada and China
  • 2015, ‘Applying Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to inform policies that better protect ecosystem services’, 6th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, World Bank, Washington DC
  • 2014, (Invited speaker), Webinar, Summer School, Economics of Land Degradation initiative, Germany
  • 2014, Food-Fuel Interface Workshop, SUPERGEN Bioenergy hub, South Africa
  • 2013, ‘Bioenergy in Africa’, 4th International Conference, Ministry of Mines, Quarry and Energy of Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso
  • 2013, (Invited speaker) ‘Biofuel Investments in Mali’, Brazilian Development Bank, Brazil
  • 2013, ’Sustainable land management and livelihoods research’, 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference, UNCCD, Germany
  • 2012, (Invited speaker) Seminar on energy and sustainable development, Yale University, CT
  • 2012, Talk on biofuel policies in Mali, United Nations Development Programme, NY
  • 2012, Workshop on Sustainable Development, Columbia University, NY
  • 2012, Knowledge gaps in climate change research, University of East Anglia, UK
  • 2011, Energy and people: futures, complexity and challenges, Oxford University, UK
  • 2010, Towards low carbon, climate resilient societies, London School of Economics, UK